The quantitative study of how fluids (gases and liquids) move.

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Why do tropical cyclones not tear themselves apart?

A tropical cyclone is the generic term for a hurricane, typhoon, or tropical storm. Tropical cyclones derive their energy from evaporation of water at the ocean surface which ultimately recondenses ...
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What makes an abstract physical system describable by a “fluid” equations of motion?

We can describe (some of) the dynamics of many systems using fluid mechanics. Of course these include classical fluids like water, more exotic fluids like photon gases and the universe as a whole and ...
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How does train back draft work

Quoting platforms and stations : Fast trains can create a vacuum called a ‘back draft’ that can blow you over or suck you under a train. How does that work ? I thought that the volume of air ...
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Time for water levels to equalize

Suppose that someone dumps some quantity of water into the ocean somewhere. Also, assume that no other water level changes are occurring. How long does it take for the change in water level to ...
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What is the physical application of Navier-Stokes existence and smoothness?

Recently, mathematician Mukhtarbay Otelbaev published a paper Existence of a strong solution of the Navier-Stokes equations, in which he claim that he solved one of the Millennium Problems: Existence ...
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Is a causal relationship implied by Newton's 2nd Law?

Throughout my time learning physics I have been imbued with the notion that forces cause accelerations, period. Accelerations don't cause forces, and they aren't merely correlated phenomena. By ...
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What is the relationship between the angular speed and the diameter of the eye of a water vortex?

In a water vortex formed in a plastic bottle, what is the relationship between the angular speed of the water and the diameter of the hole in the cap? I would have expected that according to the ...
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How fast would a bullet travel through liquid air?

According to Wikipedia, a bullet from a .22 Long Rifle travels at a speed of 320 m/s and the density of liquid air is 870 kg/m3. What equation would calculate the speed of a bullet fired into liquid ...
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Propellers and the Speed of sound

I was reading this website that described a novel wind turbine technology and it has this quote: In the mid-20th century, open propeller-driven planes with piston engines reached performance ...
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If a body is floating in a static fluid, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the inmerse part of the object (proof)

Suppose an arbitrary body is floating in a static fluid, either totally or partially immersed in it, then the volume of the displaced fluid equal to the volume of the immersed fraction of the object. ...
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Isn't it impossible to make a theoretical model to describe the behavior and the statistics of a turbulent flow? [closed]

Why mathematicians are interested to smooth solutions of Navier Stokes equations? For the three-dimensional system of equations, and given some initial conditions, mathematicians have not yet proved ...
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How to design windy area - what variables?

When you're walking around malls or parking structures, or a building corner, you'll sometimes notice areas with consistent windiness. I was wondering what positions, angles, wind direction, ...
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Calculate surface pressure due to forced vibrating plate using wavenumber space [closed]

My problem lies in the field of acoustics. I have a given complex velocity distribution. The velocity is the velocity in the normal direction to a rectengular simply supported vibrating plate. I now ...
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Is it possible to limit water flow this way and how is this effect called?

I needed to propose a mechanism to store water and keep water flow at the same level with 100% passive equipment. Here's what I came up with. If you turn a water reservoir upside down and put in ...
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What is “full clutching flow” in fluid-dynamics with regards venturi design?

As the title says, what is "full clutching flow" in fluid-dynamics with regards venturi design? I came across this reference a few times and can not find any further info on it, I'm currently ...
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Velocity of a viscous fluid through a tube

When a viscous liquid flows through a tube in a laminar flow, why is its velocity highest at the center? I understand the concept of shear viscosity and why the liquid in contact with moving plate ...
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Why does the tea in the middle of the cup spin faster when I stir it?

Try this: Make a cup of tea, add sugar, and stir it. Now add some milk, while it's still spinning. What I noticed is that the milk appears to move around a lot quicker in the middle of the cup of ...
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Velocity of a fluid in presence of sphere [closed]

Consider the following problem: A rigid sphere of radius $a$ is placed in a stream of fluid whose velocity in the undisturbed state is $V$. Determine the velocity of fluid at any point of the ...
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Mixing mild and cold water, which one to pour first?

Suppose for example that a person like me likes his water in-between. A bit colder than the room temperature but not very cold. If you have a water dispenser that pours rtp water and cold water, which ...
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Acceleration of particles in a pipe with variable cross section

I am currently making an exercise from Paterson,1983, IV.3.ii. It goes as follows Water flows steadily and incompressibly along a pipe whose area cross section $A(x)$ varies slowly with the ...
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Spontaneous motion in a wind tunnel

Suppose that a hollow truncated cone is placed in a wind tunnel with a steady wind speed $V$. The cone is placed in such a way that it's base of area $A_1$ faces the wind (rather than the other side ...
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Flow from the bottle

I made some calculations about flow from the bottle, but problems occured when the experimental data came back. Need to refine calculations, but problems occur when trying to link the angle to the ...
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What are the principles behind foam formation?

We know that while pouring water in a glass, there is close to no foam, but if pouring beer, there is much foam (unless pouring "slowly"). So, can the most prominent factors that contribute to foam ...
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What is the difference between a vortex ring and a circular line vortex?

Can someone explain the difference between a vortex ring and a circular line vortex? Or are they the same?
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What is going on in front of and behind a fan?

Why is it that when you drop paper behind a fan, it drops, and is not blown/sucked into the fan, whereas if you drop paper in front of a fan, it is blown away?
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Shallow water wave question from Acheson's book

I am learning Fluid mechanics by reading Acheson's book entitled "Elementary Fluid Dynamics". Below is from problem 3.1. Consider the Euler equation for an ideal fluid in the irrotational case. We ...
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U.S. Standard Atmosphere

My textbook states that "Ideally, we would like to have measurements of pressure versus altitude over the specific range for the specific conditions (temperature, reference pressure) for which the ...
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How a fan moves air? [duplicate]

How does a fan moves air towards you (I mean in 1 direction). Also propeller and fan have different shapes, does it mean they work different?
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Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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Basic understanding of stress tensors in a fluid [duplicate]

So, after having spent the last 9 hours attempting to understand the basic tenets of stress tensors in fluids, I can honestly say that I think I know less now than when I began. My questions are ...
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Feeling the Breeze

This question is based on an odd phenomenon I noticed last week. Since then, I've been collecting more data to try to get an accurate picture of the facts. Each morning, I go to my bus stop. It's on ...
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Laminar flow in low-permeability material. Which is faster, gas or a liquid?

I consider a simple low-permeability material $(k \sim 10^{-18}\;\text{m}^2)$. Now I either apply a gas (e.g. nitrogen) pressure or liquid (water) pressure of - let's say $10\;\text{MPa}$ - on one ...
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Time inversion for Euler equation in fluid dynamics

Consider Euler equation for continuum body: $$\frac{\partial u^i}{\partial t}+\mathbf u\cdot \nabla u^i=- \frac{1}{\rho} \frac{\partial p}{\partial x^i} $$ where $\rho$ is the mass density, $p$ is ...
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Derivation of the equation of motion of a viscous fluid by Landau & Lifshitz

I am trying to follow Landau and Lifshitz, from the Volume 6 (Fluid Mechanics) of the Course of Theoretical Physics, on their derivation of the momentum equation for a newtonian viscous fluid, but I ...
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Woodstove coppertubing heat exchanger [closed]

I am trying to use the excess temperature of my wood stove's stack to heat a copper tube heat exchanger with water running through it. The water is piped through my concrete floor for radiant floor ...
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Motion with damping involving both $-v^2$ and $-v$ terms

I'm trying to solve for the motion of a particle, accounting for both viscous and drag forces. (There is no potential) The total resistance by medium is modeled by: $\vec{F}=-(\mu_1v + ...
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Does it take significantly more fuel to fly a heavier airplane?

I was reading in the papers how some-airline-or-the-other increased their prices for extra luggage, citing increased fuel costs. Now I'm a bit skeptical. Using the (wrong) Bernoulli-effect ...
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Static,total and velocity pressure at a point

I have a past exam question that I am stuck on. $200$m$^3/s$ of air is entering a shaft of $5m$ diameter, the density is $1.18$kg/m$^3$, and I have shock loss of factor $X=.5$ I want static, ...
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Darcy Flow in porous material - consider porosity in cross-section area?

According to Darcy's Law, the volumetric flow rate Q of a fluid occuring due to a pressure difference $\Delta p$ over a distance L and through a cross-sectional area A of a porous medium (volume V) ...
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Fluid mechanics problem

I have a $2D$ fluid parcel with coordinates $(0.5,-0.5), (-0.5,-0.5), (0.5,0.5)$ and $(-0.5,0.5)$ and this parcel is deformed by a steady flow field of $u=ay$ and $v=0$, defined on the basis ${(1,0), ...
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Vorticity and circulation in fluid mechanics

Given a fluid element whose circulation was determined counter-clockwise, how can I calculate the Vorticity of the element? The circulation is $$\Gamma = (\frac{\partial u_2}{\partial ...
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Why does tea rises in the pot but water don't?

I was wondering when I boil water in a pot it only shakes too much while boiling. But I could not figure out why tea rises in the pot when we boil it. it is also a liquid but it starts rising up till ...
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Weight held by jet stream of water

Consider a bucket of weight $W$, held in air by a jet stream of water from the ground (moving vertically upwards) at height $h$. The water is fired from the ground at the rate of $\mu$ (units ...
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Why do we need the material derivative?

I'm studying fluid mechanics, and I got the impression that the material derivative is nothing more than "differentiating along a path" and so I got confused on why do we need it. Basically, let ...
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How to find the required inlet velocity/pressure to achieve 0.5 m/s in one part of the underground tunnel? [closed]

I have this problem here related with tunnel and ventilation. As you can see at the picture below, it is a top view of the tunnel. The tunnel has an inlet and an outlet. The air flows from the inlet ...
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Transport theorem derivation question

I am trying to rigorously go through some fluid mechanics proofs and theorems. I am currently going through a proof related to the transport theorem and I am having trouble with a step. The steps in ...
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Absolute Viscosity of Water at certain temperatures

I just started my class on fluid mechanics. There's a problem that requires absolute viscosity $u$ of water at 25C. I looked up my table in the book and I only have it for water at 20C and 30C. I ...
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Bulk Modulus, How are these formulas equivalent?

Bulk Modulus is defined as $$ B = \frac{VdP}{-dV}$$ Where $V$ is volume and $P$ is pressure. It is also defined as, $$ B = \frac{\rho dP}{d\rho}$$ Where $\rho$ is density. Question: How are these ...
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Mathematical model of a fluid: which viewpoint is the standard one?

I've been studying fluid mechanics and I have some doubts on the mathematical model of a fluid. First we let $D\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a region in three-space filled with a fluid. This region has as ...
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Branching lemon drop “smoke rings”

This might be hard to ask, but here goes nothing. I recently poured a cup of water into a black coffee cup. There was a light source--not very bright--above the cup. Anyways, I was squeezing a ...